Saturday

Pore Strips - Best, Worst, Make Your Own?

I have never had problem skin. I get the occasional pimple once a month when my hormones are sky-high, but other than that I've been lucky. However, I have large pores on my nose which have always driven me nuts :(

One of the things I use to battle blackheads in my oversized nose pores is pore strips. I've tried several, but Biore pore strips have always been my favorite. I've seen some reviews where people complained that the sticky part that adheres slightly to your blackheads got stuck to their noses but I've never had that happen! I have had that happen with other brands though. I ended up with nasty goo on my nose even after they dried.

On my journey to a blackhead-free nose I even got adventurous at one point and tried the make-your-own ones. Have you done this?

Here's the recipe:
1 Tablespoon Milk
1 Tablespoon Gelatin (the kind you bake with and get at the grocery store)

Simply combine the two and stir so that the gelatin starts to dissolve into the milk. If it's super, super thick add a tiny bit more milk. Put it in the microwave and heat it for 10 seconds in a microwave safe bowl. If you do it for too long it'll cook and you don't want that. You also don't want to burn yourself! Once you've heated it and checked that it isn't too hot, paint the now warm, elmer's glue-like substance onto your nose using a brush or tiny spoon. Spread it on moderately thin then let it sit until it's dry. It won't be dry like paper, more like a dry jello on your nose (not overly appealing when I put it like that!).

Once it's dry you just peal it off. Mine never come off in one piece, but they don't leave nasty gunk behind. While mine never work as well as a Biore strip, it definitely did work.

Bottom line in my opinion: If you want a natural solution, can't find Biore pore strips, or you're bored and want to give it a go, this isn't a half-bad alternative!

Have you tried this? If you have or if you do, share your experience below!

On a side note! If you have a nose piercing like me, make sure you remove it before using the homemade pore strip solution as it gets all gunked up in it otherwise and won't just peel off.

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